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Feb 3, 2010

Tab the Band play Bowery the Ballroom

Photo by Carl Timpone

After seeing TAB the Band at Bowery Ballroom rip through twelve songs I rushed home to listen to “Sticky Fingers” by the Rolling Stones. The songs on that album weave southern blues and pop rock together insanely well. TAB the Band seems able to do the same without sounding dated. On the contrary, their songwriting chops are fresh and deliberate. Guitarists Tony Perry and Lou “Lou” Jannetty obviously adore the blues, as is evident on their new single “She Said No (I Love You),” which they played live at The Bowery Ballroom.

It begins with Tony rolling through a heavy but twangy lick that reminded me of the beginning of “Over the Hills and Far Away” by Led Zeppelin. Adrian Perry’s (pictured above) vocals were Mick Jaggeresque but pack more punch, with great sustain, super fine high notes, and great yelping. This is their standout song for me. With measured verses and choruses, an interesting bridge that continued the momentum of the verse, and playfully smooth backup vocals, the song is great to dance to. Ben “Bun” Tileston provided percussion and rattled and thumped his way through the song, which has three distinct drum parts, each building on the song and opening it up.

The chorus of “She Said No” is delivered in call and response fashion, with Adrian singing a low “No” and Lou responding “I love you!” If Cream was left in a tropical jungle, and they continued to write music, and didn’t do smack, they might write a song like this. But who cares about Cream. “Secretary’s Day” by TAB the Band is also worth checking out. If you like “Saturday is Alright for Fighting” by Elton John you will love this song. Please check this band out. You can probably hear them if you roll down your window.

Feb 2, 2010

My Daily Thread – RethinkPopMusic – B Sides: Live at The Village Lantern – NYC

Our good friends over My Daily Thread were kind to post about our new project ‘B-Sides’.  Check out the post below and be sure to head over to their site.

Industry innovators RethinkPopMusic are at it again. Known for putting artists first, the most recent project, B-Sides Live, answers the overwhelming need for NYC artists to debut new material, play acoustic sets or unveil side projects.

The weekly event will turn The Village Lantern into the artists’ playground, allowing independent artists to have full administrative control. In fact, participating artists can choose to play their entire album acoustically, collaborate or just play favorite covers for an hour. The only catch? This event isn’t intended for acoustic singer/songwriter sorts but rather artists already in a band with no intention of going solo.

B-Sides Live is scheduled to launch at The Village Lantern on February 4 and run every Thursday thereafter (excluding Feb. 18 when RethinkPopMusic will be holding its showcase at Santos Party House and March 18 when SXSW will be taking over everyone’s attention). Share the love grassroots style through word of mouth in the independent artist community. There will be no cover charge, no fliers and very little public promotion. Think of B-Sides Live as a living room jam session with friends…just a few more of them.

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Feb 2, 2010

Grammys: That’s Not MY Music Industry

I have been following the writer of this article, Jason –, on twitter ( @1WorkinMusician) for a few months.  You should check out his site here: Couldn’t agree more with this article, seems like there are two separate music industries; 1. run by suits who want to throw celebrity infused blah down the throats of tweens and make big bucks 2. independent musicians like Jason and probably everyone reading this post.
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Watching the Grammy Awards tonight I was struck with one thought:they might call that the Music Industry, but that has nothing to do with what I do as a working musician. I have been a professional musician for 15 years, and it’s been my sole job for 9 of those years. But whatever that was on the TV tonight, that’s not even close to my world.

And you know what? Rather than that thought being depressing it is actually quite liberating. Just when I started to get upset about the things I was seeing I realized that the only reason for it to upset me is if it effects me, which it doesn’t. All that pomp and circumstance, all the tuxes and evening gowns, all the money that went into the production, all the out-of-tune and/or lip-synched performances, all the celebrity presenters – that’s a reflection of a completely different world than the one in which I live and work. Once I realized that I actually found myself happy for Taylor Swift when she won Record of the Year. She was the one winner tonight that seemed genuinely surprised and pleased to win. You go girl!

Like most musicians I know, I did at one time have fantasies of someday winning a Grammy. I will admit that when I was a kid I would practice my acceptance speech in front of the mirror in my bedroom, thanking my family and my as-yet-unknown record label. But I long ago gave up those fantasies, and I can honestly say that I wouldn’t change much about my music industry.

Sure, it’d be cool to have my music heard and appreciated by a larger audience. And to make a little more money than I do now. I’d love to have a savings account and a health-care plan that’s not the least expensive one I could find. I hope to one day buy a house.

But what’s great about my music industry at this moment in time is that all of those things are up to me 100%. No longer do I have to hope for a manager to take notice of me and a PR firm to help spread the word so that a major record label would take a gamble on me and loan me a ridiculous sum of money that I’ll never be able to pay back so that I can make an album that will hopefully get noticed by Rolling Stone and played on the radio and then sell millions of copies just so I can eat for a few years until the next guy like me comes along and takes my place.

Those days are over. Now, I can make the music I want to make, find people all over the world who appreciate it and are willing to support me, and live a comfortable and…wait for it…sustainable life as a musician.

That’s my music industry. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.


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